Monthly Archives: April 2021

Russia needs all of Ukraine, but will the West interfere?

Russia keeps massing troops along the Ukrainian border and strengthening its Black Sea fleet, so tensions are further rising. It is difficult, however, to foresee, what exactly all this muscle-flexing will develop into as Kremlin’s moves remain largely unpredictable. However, Russia’s actions today very much resemble preparations for a major military conflict. Moreover, besides preparing its military, Russia is also

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Stoltenberg supports Ukraine’s right to apply for NATO membership

13.04.2021 15:10 Only 30 allies can decide when Ukraine can be ready for NATO membership, and no third country, including Russia, has any right to veto Ukraine’s decision to choose its sovereign path, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said. He said this at a briefing in Brussels on Tuesday, April 13, following an extraordinary meeting of the North Atlantic

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Russia’s new offensive may spill into World War 3 – Ukraine’s chief settlement negotiator

Kyiv must brace for any scenario against the background of the ongoing amassing of Russian troops along Ukraine borders, official believes.Photo from UNIAN The Kremlin should be aware that a new offensive by Russian troops toward the seizure of more Ukrainian territories could escalate into a third world war, says Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk, who is now heading the

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Shoigu announced the transfer of NATO troops to the borders of the Russian Federation, and Russian troops to the “western borders”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that NATO is going to send 40 thousand troops and 15 thousand units of weapons and military equipment, including strategic aviation, to the borders of Russia. He announced this at a meeting in Severomorsk, writes TASS. According to Shoigu, American troops are being transferred from the United States to Europe across the Atlantic, and in

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Kremlin: Russia prepares to part ways with Visa and Mastercard

Russia is “hedging its risks” in the event of a disconnection from international payment systems, including Visa and Mastercard, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to him, such a scenario “cannot be ruled out” given the “unfriendly and sometimes even hostile behavior” of Western countries. “Restrictions on Russia are used by a number of countries that as such an illegal from

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Biden phoned Putin and offered to meet

US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House reports. During the conversation, Biden expressed concern about the sudden build-up of military presence “in occupied Crimea” and on the border with Ukraine and called on Putin to ease tensions. Biden said that the United States supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Biden also suggested

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Moscow Takes Measures in Response to ‘Threatening’ NATO Actions

Moscow has sent troops to its Western borders for “training exercises” in response to “threatening” NATO actions, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. The statement comes as Kiev and its Western allies have accused Russia in recent weeks of massing tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, while NATO told Moscow to end its “unjustified” buildup. Moscow has

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‘They Want the West to Be Frightened.’ Ukraine’s President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky visits positions of armed forces near the frontline with Russian-backed separatists in Donbass region, Ukraine, on April 9, 2021. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters BY SIMON SHUSTER / SHUMY, UKRAINE APRIL 12, 2021 2:48 PM EDT “They want us to be afraid,” Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, says as his plane starts to descend, bringing him home from

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Top Kremlin Mouthpiece Warns of ‘Inevitable’ War With U.S. Over Another Ukraine Land Grab

The head of the Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik news agencies believes Russia will invade Ukraine sparking a conflict with the U.S. that will force entire cities into black-out. All-out cyber-warfare, nation-wide forced black-outs, and the targeted disruption of internet services—for one of the Kremlin’s top propagandists, all of those tactics are fair-game in what she describes as a fated war-to-come

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Moscow warns Ankara over drone deliveries to Ukraine

Lavrov made the remarks in Cairo, where he held a meeting with the president of Egypt, followed by a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, Ahval News reported. “All concerning countries, including Turkey” should study the military declarations made by Kiev and not provoke said tendencies, Lavrov said in response to a question about Turkish being spotted in

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U.S. Is Russia’s ‘Adversary,’ Leading Diplomat Says

Russia sees the United States as its “adversary,” a top Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday amid heightened tensions with Washington over the eastern Ukraine conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s words mark a departure from Russia’s usual description of the U.S. as a “partner.” They follow U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s warning that Moscow would face “consequences” for aggressive

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Putin is Testing the West Over Ukraine

April 12, 2021 We don’t understand Russia’s words, or counter its deeds. What is Vladimir Putin up to? That is the question burning a hole in the desks of decision-makers in Berlin, Brussels, London, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. Is the military build-up in southern Russia and occupied Ukrainian territories the prelude to war? Is it designed to intimidate the authorities

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Russia Space Chief Blasts U.S. for Omitting Gagarin in Post

The head of Russia’s space agency used strong language to criticize U.S. State Department members for failing to mention Yuri Gagarin in a post marking 60 years since his historic spaceflight. On Monday, Russia led by President Vladimir Putin marked the 60th anniversary of the legendary flight that made Gagarin the first human in orbit. The U.S. State Department issued

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Putin & Xi Have Red Lines, Too

Biden personally assured President Volodymyr Zelensky of America’s “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea.” What does that mean? What are Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping up to? In recent days, Russian tanks, artillery, armor, trucks and troops have been moving by road and rail ever closer

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Russian troops on the Ukraine border should set alarm bells ringing across Europe

The West must be mindful that this standoff could easily morph into a full-blown conflict. 13 April 2021 The deployment of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine is causing deep concern in the capital Kiev but should also trigger alarm bells across Europe. More than 80,000 Russian troops have amassed close to the frontier – a number almost as great as

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Poland Works Towards Strengthening Sanctions against Russia

April 12, 2021 Poland is constantly working towards strengthening the EU sanctions regime against Russia over its aggressive policy in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland informs. The Ministry’s statement says that Russia’s confrontational policy, traditionally backed by demonstrative military movements and provocative military exercises, as well as large-scale and aggressive disinformation policy, “is particularly evident in

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